Monday, 13 July 2009
Thanks to Luc Eyckmans of Belgium, now resident in Ireland, for the news that bluegrass, its musicians and organisers are well represented in the nominations for the Dutch Country Music Association (DCMA) awards this year. These include several well known names of bluegrass musicians and participators on the EWOB Festival in Voorthuizen. Full information is available (only in Dutch) here.
Nominations for Acoustic Band of the Year include 4 Wheel Drive (winners in this category in 2008), the Blue Grass Boogiemen, and Except-2. Luc points out that both 4 Wheel Drive and the Boogiemen delivered outstanding performances during bluegrass festivals in Ireland recently. The Boogiemen are also nominated for Electric Band of the Year in their 'other life' as the Hillbilly Boogiemen.
In the category Instrumentalist of the Year we see Joost Van Es, fiddler with 4 Wheel Drive. For Show/Festival of the Year the EWOB Festival in Voorthuizen is nominated. Sandra Vanreys, who has sung with 4 Wheel Drive, is nominated for Female Singer of the Year; and nominations for European Act of the Year include the Sons of Navarone and Rawhide, both from Belgium.
Voting closed during the past weekend, and the results will be announced on the Dutch Country Music Gala (13 September 2009) in Theater de Lievekamp in Oss, the Netherlands. Videos of last year's Gala are posted on YouTube, with links on the DCMA website.